About Dawn

Dr. Bignell is an Associate Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Bignell received her B.Sc. in Biotechnology (Honours) at the University of Manitoba in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Alberta in 2003. Her Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Dr. Brenda Leskiw focused on the regulation of secondary metabolism and morphological differentiation in the model species Streptomyces coelicolorAfter a brief post doc in Dr. Leskiw's lab, she joined the lab of Dr. Eric Cundliffe in 2004 at the University of Leicester, UK, where she worked on the regulation of tylosin production by Streptomyces fradiaeThen in 2006, she moved to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she worked under the guidance of Dr. Rosemary Loria on plant pathogenic Streptomyces species causing common scab disease of potato. 

In 2010, Dr. Bignell joined the Department of Biology at Memorial University as an Assistant Professor. Her research continues to focus on plant pathogenic Streptomyces species and the secondary metabolites that they produce. She has taught three undergraduate courses in the department, Food Microbiology (BIOL/BIOC 3052), Microbiology for Nurses (BIOL 3053) and Fundamentals of Plant Pathology (BIOL 4052), and one graduate course, Research Topics in Microbiology (BIOL 6000). She also serves on the Memorial University Institutitional Biosafety Committee and the NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee for Cellular and Molecular Biology, and is co-chair of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) Career and Education committee. She additionally serves as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, and is a member of the CSM, the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) and the American Phytopathological Society (APS). 












Dawn Bignell

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000